Hazing is a hidden and serious problem . . .
While being part of a campus group can be one of the most meaningful aspects of student life, hazing is a hidden and serious problem that undermines the value of these experiences for many individuals. Although hazing is not unique to Cornell, we believe that it is important to examine these practices explicitly in an attempt to overcome the secrecy that perpetuates them.
Who this site is for
This site is a resource for students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents and others interested in learning about hazing within student groups at Cornell University. Since hazing is a national problem that occurs in high schools, colleges, and other settings, this information may be useful to visitors as well.
What you should know
- Hazing is a violation of Cornell University policy and New York State law.
- Hazing takes various forms, but typically involves physical risks or mental distress through, for example, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning treatment.
- Hazing can cause significant harm to individuals, groups and the University.
- Hazing has occurred in Cornell fraternities, sororities, athletic teams, performance groups, and other organizations.
- Groups that haze often view it as positive and necessary.
- Groups that haze can achieve the positive outcomes they seek from hazing through non-hazing means.
What you can do
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Cornell is committed to transparent public communication about ALL conduct infractions (not just hazing) by any group, including but not limited to registered student organizations, athletic teams, fraternities, sororities, and program houses. Beginning Fall, 2013, such violations will be recorded on the Group Misconduct website.